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Movie review for the film Birthday Girl starring Nicole Kidman and Ben Chaplin. 
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Note: This film has an R rating.

Junkie Rating:

This film received 3 pops out of 4 pops.This film received 3 pops out of 4 pops.This film received 3 pops out of 4 pops.This film received 3 pops out of 4 pops.

 

Cast and Credits

Jez Butterworth
(Director)
Nicole Kidman
(Nadia/Sofia) 
Ben Chaplin
(John Buckingham) 
Vincent Cassel
(Alexei) 
Mathieu Kassovitz
(Yuri)

 

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      Nicole Kidman is on a roll. The best thing about it is that she's not merely spinning, building up the same character like a snowball. She's gone from musical maven to scared spooky-woman right to sexy Russian mail-order bride. Somehow, they all work.

      The first thing that you need to know about this film is that if you've seen the preview, you know what it's all about. It's a character drama with some predictable but not disappointing plot twists. It's set in England and deals with a lonely man who seeks a fiancÚ through an international Internet database. She arrives, not speaking English. He's put out. They get it on. A lot. More accurately, she seduces him. He's not so put out anymore. Her friends from Russia show up, and everything goes to hell.

      This is a drama but some moments are hilarious. The characters are steady and well-maintained throughout. They grow but do not morph. They let us into their world. We know who to root for and have no problems doing it.

      "Birthday Girl" presents a quirky ride to a satisfying destination. The cake is not sugary, but this film is reason to celebrate.


     --
Liz ( 3 out of 4 pops )

 

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